Angling and fishing

The Grand Canal

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Waterways Ireland, Offaly, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)18680148
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The Grand Canal stretches across the country from Dublin to the Shannon. It was built amid the 19th century and is around 144km long. It holds a good stock of course fish, especially pike, bream, perch and eels.

Anglers along the Grand Canal will enjoy the open spaces and easy access to excellent coarse fishing. Specially designed fishing stands offering access to anglers with disabilities have been installed at a number of locations along the Canal. Significant stretches of water have been carefully restocked to create some of the best fisheries in Europe.

Bream average 2lbs with some to 4lbs or more. Perch are generally very small averaging from 0.25 to 0.5lbs. Pike of moderate size are quite plentiful averaging 2lbs to 6lbs with some larger fish present. Over recent years roach have moved into many parts of the Canal and are now widely distributed.

250 years of history are waiting to be discovered along the banks of the Grand Canal. Much of it can be seen from the water or on foot, from the towpaths. The canal enters the heart of Dublin through Inchicore, where flocks of Mute Swans gather every autumn, delighting tourists and locals alike. The city canal stretches offer close access to the museum and galleries, theatres, shopping and nightlife. Travelling by boat offers you the option to then change your scenery as outside Dublin the canal passes through more rural countryside, with village life providing a different type of entertainment.

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